Lafayette hospital privatization runs over budget


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization deal for the LSU hospital in Lafayette was running $6 million over budget by April's end, with two months remaining in the fiscal year.

The overspending was detailed in an update to lawmakers about payments made for the outsourcing contracts involving nine state-owned, LSU hospitals for the budget year that ends June 30.

The Department of Health and Hospitals says fluctuations in the individual hospital budgets were anticipated but it expects the numbers to balance out across all the hospital deals.

No other hospitals so far have exceeded state budget estimates, but lawmakers say the research foundation running the university's Shreveport hospital is asking for money above its budget allocation.

That raises questions about whether the deals could cost more than was anticipated.

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